December 30, 2011 10:00 AM by Perry Miller
This year millions will tune in to watch Ryan Seacrest countdown to 2012 on Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve. What does the American Idol host and E! News co-anchor have to say about the annual Times Square telecast? And who is he planning on kissing when the clock strikes midnight? Read on to find out.
2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. First airing in 1972, the changes are evident. The famous ball that drops in Times Square is no longer made of 25-watt light bulbs, but is now made up of LED lights and Waterford crystal. And Dick Clark is now joined by Ryan Seacrest, who does a majority of the hosting duties, since Dick Clark suffered a stroke seven years ago.
Ryan Seacrest, who hosts American Idol, has a morning radio show in L.A., co-anchors E! News with Giuliana Rancic and has created every single Kardashian reality show, sat down with Nightline anchor Bill Weir to discuss this year’s telecast. Ryan Seacrest has fond memories of watching the telecast as a child. “I remember as a kid standing in my living room with a pizza. Mom would leave 10 bucks on the table, order pizza with the babysitter and I was allowed to stay up and watch Dick Clark with the headset and the microphone and the big ABC logo.”
He also discussed the performances expected this year, which include Carlos Santana, rapper Pitbull, teen sensation Justin Bieber, and the always exciting Lady Gaga, who was chosen by Mayor Bloomberg to drop the ball at midnight. Ryan claims they don’t really know what Lady Gaga is actually planning on doing. “You know what’s great about Lady Gaga. This is true. With some artists you know exactly what their plan is before they go on the air. With Gaga she always wants to keep you guessing,” he said. “We know the time she’s got. She’s got about six-and-a-half minutes to fill but what she does with it is up to her.”
Ryan Seacrest also says he plans on kissing his long time girlfriend, Julianne Hough, to celebrate the New Year. But, “I won’t get to kiss her until about 12:04 or :05 because I do it during commercial break,” he said.
Will you be watching Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark this year?
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